A Monster Calls: Special Collector's Edition

by Patrick Ness

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This is a gorgeous illustrated hardback of the award-winning novel complete with added interviews with author, illustrator director and cast and photos from the production.

Grown from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd and beautifully illustrated by Jim Kay, Patrick Ness’s extraordinary A Monster Calls has already won numerous awards and earned universal praise. There is now a major film coming and this is the tie-in. So I’ve come to this shamefully late and can only confirm that it deserves every award, every word of praise. Written for any reader this is a truly universal story of stubborn love, terrible loss and wild magic. Books rarely make me cry but I was often in tears reading this book.

It tells the story of Conor, a school boy whose mother is ill with cancer, whose father has left, whose grandmother is forbidding. He is defensive, angry and lonely at school. And then one night a monster calls – a massive walking and talking tree who takes Conor on a terrifying journey. But little is as it first seems in this story. And it is stories that become the lifeblood of this novel. Wild stories that tell the truth. Ness is brilliant at giving the reader room to feel for themselves the pain of his characters – he doesn’t direct you he just shows you what is happening and trusts you to empathise. This story is heartbreaking, profoundly scary yet also wildly affirming about the power of truth, friendship and love. If you grew up thrilling to the darkness of Dahl, enjoyed the humanity of Mark Haddon’s books this is for you. But really I think this is for everyone. It’s just superb. ~ Simon Spanton

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A Monster Calls: Special Collector's Edition Synopsis

In this special collector's edition, discover Patrick Ness's original prize-winning illustrated novel and the remarkable story behind the book and film.

In exclusive essays and interviews, read how Patrick Ness created a modern classic, and discover Jim Kay's previously unseen sketches for the book. Hear from acclaimed director J.A. Bayona, and go behind the scenes with actors Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones to find out how the film was made. Full of never before published material and haunting pictures, this stunning edition gives a fascinating and unique insight into the making of both the book and film. A must for all fans.

A Monster Calls: Special Collector's Edition Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. Read the full reviews here.

  • Catherine Bryce - 'A truly fantastic emotional book which will enthral the reader from the first page to the last!  A must read for fans of any genre!'
  • Humaira - 'Wow. Words can't describe how good this book is...Siobhan Dowd created a world that Patrick Ness built and I'm so grateful and indebted for that. It's a wonderful story.'
  • Sophia Moss - 'This is not a light-hearted book for children, rather it is an emotional roller-coaster which uses twisted fairy stories to help explain some of the most horrible things that can happen in real life.'
  • Lizzy Dingemans - 'An astonishingly imaginative book which I would recommend to anyone...I was gripped by the whole book.'
  • Lauren Hill - 'This was a compelling book that I devoured in one sitting...I would say that this is a novel that both teenagers and adults should read.'
  • Joy Isabella - 'One of the most emotional books I have read. Ness creates in Conor a character who could be any of us - someone experiencing the darker side of life and struggling to make sense of it.'

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ISBN: 9781406365771
Publication date: 06/10/2016
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406365771
Publication date: 6th October 2016
Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 360 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, Reader Reviewed Books, Fantasy, Books Behind TV & Film,
Categories: Horror & ghost stories, chillers (Children's / Teenage), Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage),

About Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness was born on an army base called Fort Belvoir, near Alexandria, Virginia, in the United States. His father was a drill sergeant in the US Army. He lived in Hawaii until he was almost six, spent the ten years after that in suburban Washington state, and then on to Los Angeles, where he studied English Literature at the University of Southern California. His main job after graduating was as corporate writer at a cable company, writing manuals, form letters and speeches and once even an advertisement for the Gilroy, California Garlic Festival (this is true). If you're American ...

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